What to Do When a Failure Occurs

by James M. Fisher, Computerized Structural Design Inc, Milwaukee, WI, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Forensic Engineering: Learning from Failures

Abstract: When a major building problem involving structural failure occurs, action should begin immediately to determine the damage or failure and detect the underlying problem. This paper will outline the steps and procedures to be followed so that an accurate investigation of the building situation occurs. By following proper procedures, the engineer can help owners, insurance adjusters and legal representatives to determine financial losses accurately and, where appropriate, to recover those losses quickly. The steps outlined in the paper are designed to assist the investigative team to protect evidence and precisely identify the reason for failure.

Subject Headings: Failure analysis | Structural failures | Field tests | Insurance | Structural design | Building design | Damage (structural)

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